Distinguished & Outstanding Service Awards, NSAA & U.S. Bank Believers And Achievers Winners

WAYNE – Earlier this school year, NSAA & U.S. Bank Believers and Achievers along with NSAA Distinguished and Outstanding Service Award recipients were announced.

According to a release from the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), beginning last month in October and continuing through April of next year, 48 Nebraska high school seniors will be honored as Believers & Achievers. U.S. Bank and the NSAA are proud to partner for the 2021-2022 Believers & Achievers. This state-wide program designed by U.S. Bank® and the NSAA gives recognition to Nebraska’s future leaders.

From those 48 finalists, eight will receive $500 scholarships from U.S. Bank® to the college or university of their choice at a scholarship banquet to be held on April 24, 2022.

2021-2022 NSAA Believers and Achievers

Northeast Nebraska representatives include Samantha Chavira-Prieto of Lyons Decatur Northeast; Maddox Weckerle Dietz of Norfolk High; Jiya Chaudhari of O’Neill; Jillian Dames of Scribner-Snyder; Ashlynn Garcia of South Sioux City, Sylvia Cunningham of Stanton; Aishah Valenzuela of Wakefield and Beau Ruskamp of Wisner-Pilger.

These students will be recognized at NSAA State Championships throughout the 2021-2022 activities year and on a poster sent to all NSAA member schools and U.S. Bank® branches throughout the state.

All the students nominated for the Believers & Achievers awards program represent the very best of Nebraska’s high schools. For more information on the U.S. Bank® Believers & Achievers Awards Program, click here


The recipients of the 2021-22 NSAA Distinguished & Outstanding Service Awards were also released earlier this fall. Distinguished Service Award recipients have contributed service in an overall capacity to the NSAA, provided a long service in a variety of NSAA activities or have contributions which have impacted the NSAA as a whole.

2021-2022 NSAA Distinguished Outstanding Service

Outstanding Service Award recipients are being recognized for their contributions within a specific NSAA activity.

Area representatives include Greg & Kristy Parr or Norfolk with the Distinguished Service Award as well as Norfolk speech coach Peggy Belt receiving the Outstanding Service Award.